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We denounce the warning issued by the Aquino administration, through the Bureau of Immigration, forbidding foreigners from joining anti-pork barrel rallies.
I go along with Monica Andaya’s wish for new Bureau of Immigration (BI) head to stay on “daang matuwid” (Letters, 8/17/13). However, in the spirit of fair play, I would like to express a contrary opinion to her suggestion that BI was on “daang matuwid” during the time of Commissioner Ricardo David Jr.
A week ago, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) detained Canadian student Kim Chatillon-Meunier as she was about to leave the country.
The reputation of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the gatekeeper of the nation, has, since its foundation, been tarnished by anomalous acts and controversies. But thanks to the present administration of President Aquino, the bureau has introduced remarkable reforms to slowly rebuild and reconstruct its image and honor.
This refers to the letter from one John Alvin Cabrera, assailing the “unreasonable demands” made by immigration officers on departing Filipino tourists.
There are a few countries to which Filipinos are privileged to go without need of a visa. The only things these countries require are a valid passport and a return ticket. Of course, the tourist has to bring enough cash for his needs, something that he determines for himself as he knows how he wants to spend his vacation—whether to go into a shopping spree or keep his spending to a minimum.
May we take exception to the Inquirer’s May 4 editorial titled “Big-shot fugitives” which partly commented on the case of the Reyes brothers who are suspects in the killing of broadcaster Gerry Ortega.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) was the government agency I referred to in my letter titled “Hiring and promotion abuses in government” (Inquirer, 6/20/12). “Immigration chief faces graft raps” (Inquirer, 1/28/13) was therefore no surprise to me. I am a victim of grave abuse of discretion by the same chief and those around him. Many [...]
This is in response to the column titled “Adding insult to injury” of Ramon Tulfo (Inquirer, 11/8/12). The article refers to the complaint filed in the Bureau of Immigration by former Trade Undersecretary Maria Teresa Cruz-Evangelista against a certain Muhammad Ali Nasser al Shehri, purportedly an employee of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Manila.
THE NEWS report titled “BI chief accused of favoring alien” (Inquirer, 9/10/12) is still fresh in my mind. It upset me so I made some inquiries. When news came out that President Aquino scolded the Bureau of Immigration officials and employees during their anniversary, I could only say to myself, “Serves them right.”
The art of the theater is symbolized by two masks—one smiling, standing for comedy, and the other crying, standing for tragedy. Of late, Filipino performers may be seeing more of the tragedy mask, as foreign productions flourish on these shores and local productions languish.
President Aquino has again used the occasion of an institution’s anniversary to take that institution to task—essentially for failing to live up to its highest ideals. This time it wasn’t a news organization, but a high-profile government agency: the Bureau of Immigration. We have gotten used to the President’s unusual candor, and think that in general it is a welcome change. But we must say that we found something amiss with the candid remarks he made at the BI head office.